It’s Corbyn v Corbyn! Anti-vaxx mob including conspiracy theorist Piers interrupts NHS funding rally addressed by his ex-labour leader brother Jeremy
- Anti-vaxx mob heckled a Unite trade union rally calling for ‘no vaccine mandate’
- Piers Corbyn was among mob who heckled his brother ex-Labour leader Jeremy
- The swarm interrupted anti-Health and Care Bill protest outside Downing Street
- MPs were tonight debating amendments to the Bill before a third vote tomorrow
An anti-vaxx mob including conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn tonight interrupted an NHS funding rally addressed by his ex-Labour leader brother Jeremy.
Footage showed the rally being heckled by members of an anti-vaxx mob who shouted ‘no vaccine mandate’ as speakers tried to address the crowd.
Jeremy Corbyn hit back at the swarm, among them his brother Piers wearing a ‘Resist. Defy. Do no comply’ t-shirt, and told them to ‘shut up’ because ‘you need the NHS just like everybody else’.
Around 100 protesters from the health branch of Unite trade union had gathered in front of Downing Street to call on the government to scrap the Health and Care Bill as MPs debated amendments to the legislation in the House of Commons.
The Bill, which will be voted on by MPs for a third time tomorrow before it goes to the House of Lords, involves a shake-up of the NHS intended to make it less bureaucratic and more accountable.
But critics say the legislation will bring in more back-door privatisation of the health service.
An anti-vaxx mob including conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn (centre) tonight interrupted an NHS funding rally address by his ex-Labour leader brother Jeremy
Jeremy Corbyn hit back at the hecklers, telling them to ‘shut up’ because ‘you need the NHS just like everybody else’
Footage showed the rally being heckled by members of an anti-vaxx mob who shouted ‘no vaccine mandate’ as speakers tried to address the crowd
Video from the event showed a short scuffle between the anti-vaxx mob and Unite protesters in which attendees appeared to start shoving each other.
Unite protesters could then be heard telling the swarm of anti-vaxxers they were ‘not welcome’ at the rally.
One anti-vaxxer was later heard shouting ‘no tyranny, no Austria, no Germany,’ over the crowd, in reference to a recent decision by Austria to introduce mandatory vaccines from February 1, which German officials today said they may follow.
‘Defend the NHS. Defend all workers, vaccinated and unvaccinated,’ the man continued. ‘Freedom, democracy and defence of the NHS.’
The Unite trade union earlier said it had organised the rally as the ‘last chance to save the NHS’ from what it dubbed a ‘privatisation bill’.
Among the rally’s other speakers were Labour MPs for Coventry South Zara Sultana, MP for Leeds East Richard Burgon and former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer MP for Hayes and Harlington John McDonnell.
While Labour MPs Rebecca Long Bailey, Dawn Butler, Richard Burgon and Ian Lavery also attended the event.
Conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn, wearing a ‘Resist. Defy. Do no comply’ t-shirt, was among the anti-vaxx mob who heckled his brother ex-Labour leader Jeremy
Video showed a short scuffle between Unite trade union protesters and the anti-vaxx mob outside Downing Street
An anti-vaxxer heckles one of nearly 100 Unite trade union protesters who gathered outside Downing Street to demand the government scrap the Health and Care Bill
Angry anti-vaxxers scuffled with protesters from the Health Branch of the Unite Trade Union outside Downing Street tonight
The Labour party tonight said the legislation is the ‘wrong Bill at the wrong time’ and does not address the UK’s biggest health issues.
Shadow health minister Alex Norris said: ‘It does nothing to address the real causes of ill health in this country today.’
The Bill as a whole seeks to reform the NHS to make it less bureaucratic and more accountable. As part of this effort, new regional authorities called Integrated Care Systems are being set up across England.
It would also see NHS England and NHS Improvement formally merged and end the automatic requirement to put all contracts out to tender.
The legislation includes plans to give the Secretary of Health direct powers over NHS England and some other areas of the health services.
It also supports the introduction of new requirements about calorie labelling on food and drink packaging and the advertising of junk food before the 9pm watershed in a bid to ‘level up’ health across the country.
Supporters say the bill will undo some of the reforms from the Tories’ 2012 reform law, but critics claim it will bring in more back-door privatisation of the health service.
MPs have another opportunity to debate the amended Health and Care Bill on Tuesday before it is expected to receive extended scrutiny in the House of Lords.
Supporters of the NHS gathered outside Downing Street tonight and called for the government to scrap the Health and Care Bill as MPs debated amendments to the legislation in the House of Commons
MP John McDonnell addresses the rally outside Downing Street this evening behind a sign branding the Bill ‘the wrong prescription for our NHS’
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